Kassidy Gorr learns how to properly wrestle George Dedo under coach Kyle Mulcahey’s watchful eye. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Meagan Mulcahey and Cecelia Desjardins confront each other on the mat. The youth at the Renfrew Amateur Wrestling Club (RAWC) – Pembroke Branch range from ages eight to 19 and comprise both genders. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
RAWC members shine at Youth Wrestling Festival
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016
Members of the Renfrew Amateur Wrestling Club (RAWC) – Pembroke Branch returned from the Ontario Youth Wrestling Festival with gold.
This tournament was held in Coburg, ON on April 23, and nearly every member of the club came home with a medal.
It is known as one of the toughest tournaments of the year. Club Manager Patricia Loranger credits the coaches for whipping these young athletes into shape. All the coaches constantly search for new and better ways to train and feed their athletes, bringing out their innate talents and refining them in time for competition.
After having such a successful run at the provincial level, members were able to compete at Canada East Wrestling Festival in Montreal. This competition, held in mid-May, brings together the most talented amateur wrestlers from Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. “They work hard, and practice, and we see them evolving from tournament to tournament,” she said. “We are pretty proud of them.”
The official season has finished, and the club’s most immediate goal is to bring awareness to its activities and improve enrolment for October 2016. “Now we are trying to grow and grow,” said Loranger, adding members range between the ages of eight and 19.
They train in the gym at the Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie in Pembroke. These athletes train with their appropriate age group as well as other athletes of the appropriate physical size. This allows them to wrestle in a safe, structured environment, and it also helps them work on skills they can use in other sports. “We have hockey players, we have skiers, and it is definitely exercise,” said Loranger. “You are always moving, and you are definitely developing your core.”
Membership is $95 for the season, and members are asked to help fundraise for tournament expenses. Before committing to the club, the athletes are invited to partake in two free classes. This allows them to see if the sport is for them.“They come and try it, and if they want to join, they can register,” said Loranger.
For more information on the club or to register for next year, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pembrokewrestling.